Scientists Spot Moon-forming Region Around Planet Outside our Solar System

An undated image, taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory is a partner, shows wide (left) and close-up (right) views of the moon-forming disc surrounding PDS 70c, a young Jupiter-like planet nearly 400 light-years away. The close-up view shows PDS 70c and its circumplanetary disc center-front, with the larger circumstellar ring-like disc taking up most of the right-hand side of the image. The star PDS 70 is at the center of the wide-view image on the left. ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Benisty et al/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists for the first time have spotted a moon-forming region around a planet beyond our solar system – a Jupiter-like world surrounded by a disk of gas and dust massive enough that it could spawn three moons the size of the one orbiting Earth.

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SOURCE: Reuters

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